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My two-year-old son has a keen sense of hearing and sharp eyesight. Not much gets past this toddler unless maybe if it’s invisible. When he hears a door open, he knows exactly which one it is and whether or not it’s worth his time to investigate.
His favorite is the utility closet door.
Nothing fancy going on with the utility closet door at all. However, the treasures inside far exceed my son’s natural and undying curiosity. This even eclipses the pantry, you know, where the yummy food is kept! What in the world could top fudgy brownie Teddy Grahams?
The utility closet for my little guy is full of wonderment and grand secrets. It’s where the vacuum and steam mop live along with a shelf full of things little children shouldn’t be able to have access to without an adult. The vacuum cleaner isn’t really his friend anymore ever since getting his thumb run over and the top of his knuckle scraped.
But the real gem of this tiny micro-room-housing-taboo-relics was the kitchen trash can.
Seriously, my kid loves the trash can and has decided he should be the appointed one to deliver all condemned goods to their fate. It doesn’t matter if it should be thrown away. The object in question shouldn’t have caught the attention of my ever vigilant son.
If I open the utility closet door, he will almost knock me down with his super human strength to get at that trash.
This was getting to be a problem. Even though he couldn’t open the door himself, because all of our doorknobs have baby-proof knob covers on them, anytime I needed in there it would bring on the dreaded toddler meltdown.
I could wait till he was pleasantly distracted for most everything inside the magical little room but what about the yucky trash? This is a working household that produces an average amount of daily garbage so I needed to reinvent the way I was throwing out our trash.
Let me go ahead and tell you that we use disposable diapers and paper towels. I don’t store my rice and cereal in Tupperware and collecting cans is not my thing. But hey, I try to repurpose whenever I can.
What I’m trying to say is: We have garbage that has to be thrown away so please don’t judge us because everything isn’t biodegradable or on its way to the Salvation Army.
My clever solution: I repurposed a sturdy tub that previously held dishwasher pacs (about 66oz size) into a small trash box that I lined with a plastic grocery store bag.
This did several things for me that were unexpected and now has me spoiled. It keeps me from opening the forbidden door which seems to result in hysteria and, since I placed it right next to the Keurig (that is for a holiday version), it’s also in a handy location. It’s crazy simple!
Weirdest thing I noticed was that this little trick saved me money and kept my kitchen from smelling like old food.
It has become incredibly convenient for me to toss scraps, cans or used K-cups into my counter-top trash box and I now prefer it over our tall kitchen trash can. I do not have to wait three days for it to fill up.
No more mystery smells creeping out of the utility closet. A stink-free kitchen is a major win, right?!
I only stumbled across this new way to get rid of my trash because my little boy was such a nut about getting into the kitchen can. But I’m almost glad because it saves me time and money in the big scheme of things.
If I need the space or I have company coming over, I simply put the trash box under my sink, but all my friends know about it so what’s the point of hiding it now? When I fill up the little box, I tie up the liner (aka the plastic store bag) and take it outside to the trash receptacle.
Make your own trash box out of any kind of small container. Some examples would be; a laundry detergent box or shoe box. Save all your plastic store bags and use as the liner.
Place your trash box in a high traffic area such as by the sink or microwave. See for yourself what a neat little time saver this is and you’ll wonder how you ever got along without one.
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